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NGC 5297 (11,786 of 18,816)


oc gc pln bn dn gx gxcl ast aka lost




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NGC 5297

NGC 5297, LEDA 48815, MCG+07-28-063, UGC 8709, I 180, h 1668, GC 3652

RA: 13h 46m 23.76s
Dec: +43° 52′ 19″

Con: Canes Venatici
Ch: MSA:608, U2:76, SA:7


(reference key)

Type: galaxy (in pair), Sc

Mag: B=12.3, V=?

Size: 5.623′ x 1.148′
PA: 148°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-180

Discovered in 1787 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "cB, mE 60 degrees np-sf, vsBM."

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a 13.0 mag spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici, measuring 5.2' x 0.8', which he describes as "considerably bright, large, pretty much elongated, gradually brighter in the middle, seen nearly edge-on."

Photo index

Photo Index by Jim Lucyk: Sky&Tel. 1/88 p39.

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

(Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 12.5 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads S,EL,MINC,VKN,WDARMF.

Modern observations

Walter Scott Houston

Houston notes: "This spiral is within reach of a 6-inch and easy in a 12-inch. On a really fine night it stands out distinctly in a star-poor field."

Brian Skiff

POSS: 1'.9 SW of SAO 44745 (mv8.9, K0). m11 * 2'.4 NW.

UGC: pa148. -96 (mz15.0) 1'.6 S.

15cm - nope.

25cm - not vis.

30cm - easy after scrutiny @ 149x. just SW of m10 *. pa150. at lox, core seems

to have three or four *ings along maj axis for about 1'. 238x shows

broad core, 2'x0'.7. halo goes out to 4'.5x0'.8, reaching to and beyond

m11.5 * on NW. gx forms triangle w/the two aforementioned *s.

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